Saturday, January 20, 2007
A Fossil T-Rex for the Adventure Team
I've been so involved with the Minions lately, that I haven't had much time for my old friends the GI Joe Adventure Team. But today, while picking up a bag of cat food at Petco, I spotted this great T-Rex fossil skull in the aquarium department, and had to have it. I love 1/6th "artifacts" for the Adventure Team to dig up and bring back to the Adventure Team headquarters for display, and this is a doozie.
I always thought that Hasbro missed a bet not making AT "Dinosaur Hunter" figure sets, each of which would include a fossil skull or skeleton accessory for a kid to dig out of the sandbox. This gives you a pretty good idea of what I had in mind, though a toy version would obviously be made of lighter and more durable materials.
The skull is made of hard resin (heavy!) and has an air hose on the back that I'll cut off (even the tag is still attached in this photo). The top of the skull is hinged (so it can open and close as it fills with air). Price was about $10, and money well spent. Actually, big as it is, it STILL isn't full scale for an adult T-Rex skull, but I figure it's close enough.
It looks pretty good in the greenish-gray paint it came with, but I'm at least going to use some acrylic paint to darken the eye sockets, nostrils, and other openings in the skull. I'll post some more photos when I get around to it.